My earliest memory from school is this:
“It’s a free country.”
Later on, I recall:
“Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion.”
What I didn’t know then was the underlying truth –
We’re mostly soul, wrapped in flesh and blood.
Please send a few things
from bygone days to help us connect,
like common courtesy, tact and gentility.
Allow us to remember that we are a civilization,
And as such, really should be civil in our discourse.
Soften the tone for the sake of the children.
Bless us as we breathe life
into the world with our words.
There is this atheist swimming in the ocean. All of the sudden he sees this shark in the water, so he starts swimming towards his boat.
As he looks back he sees the shark turn and head towards him. His boat is a ways off and he starts swimming like crazy. He’s scared to death, and as he turns to see the jaws of the great white beast open revealing its teeth in a horrific splendor, the atheist screams, “Oh God! Save me!”
In an instant time is frozen and a bright light shines down from above. The man is motionless in the water when he hears the voice of God say, “You are an atheist. Why do you call upon me when you do not believe in me?”
Aghast with confusion and knowing he can’t lie the man replies, “Well, that’s true I don’t believe in you, but how about the shark? Can you make the shark believe in you?”
The Lord replies, “As you wish,” and the light retracted back into the heavens and the man could feel the water begin to move once again.
As the atheist looks back he can see the jaws of the shark start to close down on him, when all of sudden the shark stops and pulls back.
Shocked, the man looks at the shark as the huge beast closes its eyes and bows its head and says, “Thank you Lord for this food for which I am about to receive…”
I am starting a Procrastination Rally.
“The roof, the roof is on fire, and we don’t need no water. Let the procrastinator’s excuses burn. Burn down long to-do lists. Burn information hoarders. Burn time wasters. Burn baby burn!”
We miss deadlines; put off doing things we dislike, and gather way too much information. We live in an increasingly complex world; our information-gathering techniques can’t keep up with all the changing circumstances that affect our lives.
Stress and procrastination are not a necessary part of life. Procrastination is keeping you from achieving all that you can in life and stress is causing your life to be less than what God intended.
Learn when to say, “Enough!” Make the best decision and make a move. The important thing is to act— even if it means forcing yourself.
Rally around the cause: an end to procrastination. No more long to-do lists. No more hoarding information. No more time-wasters. Enjoy the blissful state of doing what needs to be done, right now.
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Lucinda Cross is the author of Corporate Mom Drop Outs, consultant, speaker, coach, and trainer. Contact Lucinda at firstname.lastname@example.org, and visit her at corporatemomdropouts.com, lucindacross.com and prayingmoms.org.
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Reprinted with permission.
FOR THE EYES OF THE LORD RUN TO AND FRO THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE EARTH, TO SHOW HIMSELF STRONG ON BEHALF OF THOSE WHOSE HEART IS LOYAL TO HIM.
In a world rocked by devastation,
by earthquakes and tsunamis,
by starvation and cruelty,
I am only one person.
It is so easy to claim I can do nothing,
so easy to be intimidated
by the disasters before me.
Please soften my heart again.
Remind me of my brothers and sisters,
of all your servants, standing together,
each of us filling just one belly,
buying just one school book,
building just one house.
Grant me a willing heart,
that I may join your army of hope,
trusting that the work of Your hands
will make significant the work of mine.